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Twins broadcast legend Carneal dies

Hall of Fame broadcaster Herb Carneal, whose smooth baritone narrated Minnesota Twins games for the past 45 seasons, died this morning of congestive heart failure at his home in Minnetonka, the team announced. He was 83.

Carneal joined the Twins broadcast booth in 1962 after spending the first five years of his career as part of the play-by-play team for the Baltimore Orioles. He was behind the microphone for all but the first of the Twins' 46 seasons in Minnesota.

Carneal was given the Ford C. Frick Award and a spot in the broadcaster's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1996.

"Herb Carneal's voice was the signature element of Twins baseball for multiple generations of fans," said club president Dave St. Peter, a longtime friend of Carneal's. "Clearly, he was one of the most beloved figures in Minnesota sports history."